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Re: Shields on Japanese single 25mm AA guns
Thanks, that is interesting, somewhat like what I have seen of movable .50 caliber machine guns on the decks of the Queens when they were used as troop carriers.
Robert, you may be interested to know that Zuikaku had multiple positions created on her actual flight deck for single 25mm mounts. They could be broken down to allow for flight ops, but by the time in the war when they were installed there were no meaningful flight ops going on... the pilot corps was decimated. This is why Zuikaku, Zuiho, Chitose and Chiyoda were offered as "bait" to Halsey at Leyte Gulf.
For the very reason that Robert mentions, they did have full shields for triple mounts on exposed positions (e.g. Yamato) and where smoke would interfere (e.g. most of the fleet carriers). So it is not like it was a totally novel idea...
Thanks, Paul and Thermopylae. Since single 25mm mounts were so prevalent, especially in the late Pacific war, and often placed near the main gun turrets, it would seem that the gunners would be battered by blast from the guns, as well as dangers from strafing and shell fragments.
I'm a longtime IJN buff and I've never seen a hint of a shield on a single.
There are a lot of photos in books and on line and I havenít seen any with shields.
I have seen shields attached to the left-hand side of single Japanese 25mm guns in 1/200 and 1/700 scales.
Has any one seen such shields in photographs of the actual single guns placed on Japanese warships?
All 25mm single guns do appear to be placed on circular bases attached to the decks of warships, although some are only a partial circular base when space does not allow full circular base.